The Saturday shooting across from Antigua Park was brazen, breakneck, and bold.
Just across the street from Veritas Elementary School an unidentified male reported stepped out of a blue, four-door sedan, pulled out a large-caliber semi-automatic handgun and fired 14 rounds at two victims in their early 20’s standing at the intersection of Pagola Avenue and Collins Street.
And despite the similarities between that shooting and a pair of others that have taken place inside of Manteca residential areas over the course of the last month, Manteca Police officials haven’t concluded yet that there’s a link between them.
On Aug. 8 officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Jasmine Hollow – across the street from Woodward Park – after gunshots were reported. When they arrived they found 10 spent shell casings and determined that a residence was the target. Five rounds stuck the home, and two entered the kitchen and dining room areas of the residence. Several people were home at the time of the shooting but nobody was injured. No vehicle was reported being seen fleeing the scene, and according to Manteca Police spokeswoman Jodie Estarziau, investigators don’t know whether somebody walked up to the home or whether they fired out of the window when driving by.
The Manteca Police gang suppression unit is heading up that investigation.
Saturday’s shooting, Estarziau said, didn’t have immediate known gang ties. Officers from the gang suppression unit responded to the scene but don’t appear to be heading up the investigation after the fact. One of the men was struck in the buttocks and the other in the leg, and both were transported to area hospitals and expected to recover from their injuries.
One of the victims was found on the grass on the front lawn of a home on the southeast corner of the intersection just south of the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley while the other was found collapsed in a driveway nearby. A 2007 BMW sedan parked in front of that home had a bullet hole lodged in its back bumper, and bullets hit two homes nearby.
Last month San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Paiute Way in Raymus Village after more than 10 rounds into an occupied home – striking two vehicles in the driveway and shattering a window that injured the homeowner that was inside at the time. Neighbors reported seeing people fleeing into the neighborhood’s park before disappearing shortly after 11 p.m.
Raymus Village is just outside Manteca’s northwest city limits.